My experience teaching a listening course. A generic listening plan and some tips Have your (otherwise pretty advanced) students ever complained that they don’t understand authentic speech, like films or native speakers they meet in the street? If so, read on. In the attempt to help my in-company students better understand their British and American colleagues and customers, I’ve been teaching a 30 hour long listening course that is based on recent research into what vital modes of listening training are absent from most contemporary coursebooks.
learnenglishteens.britishcouncil I love travelling so you can imagine my disappointment when I discovered that my local train station would be closed for five months. The public transport in my area is very bad because everyone prefers to drive. Unfortunately I do not have a car but I realised that I could start carpooling with people who use their cars often. Trains and travel Passenger: Excuse me? Which platform does the train to Cambridge leave from? Train station attendant: The 10:15 train or the 10:40? Passenger: The 10:15. Train station attendant: The 10:15 train leaves from platform 3.
ESL Halloween Lesson Plan - Scary video and sounds - Teacher Training Blog Melissa´s hopefully helpful ESL Halloween lesson Plan Have fun using this Lesson Plan with the scary soundtrack video! (There is another video with an A to Z of Halloween vocabulary at the bottom of the page – and a page with dictionary definitions of all the words) learnenglishteens.britishcouncil As part of my university course, it is compulsory that we spend a year studying or working abroad which is why I am in the beautiful Spanish region of La Rioja for the year. It’s a tough life I know ;). I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring what the region has to offer and it is a particularly pretty area as the vineyards make for stunning scenery. I don’t even mind my early morning commutes to work because I can watch the sunrise over the striking landscape.
English Listening Comprehension Exercises - Ejercicios de comprensi n auditiva de ingl s - Para aprender o practicar ingl s This is the VOA Special English Education Report. Millions of high school students have "To Kill a Mockingbird." The novel by Harper Lee offers moral Is it better to go on holiday with family, friends, or alone? There are very few people in the world who do not like going on holiday. Almost everybody likes to relax, to visit new places and see new things. Holidays are obviously great ways to do this but, before booking a trip, we all have to decide with whom to travel – is it better with family, with friends, or alone? Listening to students' spoken language I was flicking through John Hughes’s new book ETpedia, which aims to provide English teachers with 1,000 teaching ideas, and was pleased to see some very useful teaching ideas listed under user-friendly page headers like ’10 ideas to add variety to a reading lesson’, ’10 sources of listening material’, ’10 activities using the objects around you’, and ’10 activities for the topic of food’. But the page that caught my attention was ’10 ways to correct a spoken mistake’. While keeping it simple and easily understandable, this page was able to summarise the main issues and techniques related to correcting spoken language that we try so hard on teacher training courses like the CELTA to convey to trainees. Hughes states:
learnenglishteens.britishcouncil So after travelling many times with friends or parents, I have only ever gone for day trips on my own. Last weekend however I went alone to Verona, Italy for a long weekend and it was the best experience ever. I travelled by train and checked into my B&B before exploring the beautiful town. I went out for dinner on my own, at first a bit daunting, however it meant I could people watch and take in the atmosphere of the lovely pizzeria. Afterwards, I allowed myself to wander around the town and enjoy the atmosphere.
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